5 natural ways to boost your energy
Hit an energy wall? Try these 5 natural ways to boost your energy. Your brain will thank you.
When that all-too-familiar 3pm energy slump hits—instead of reaching for a quick-fix, try these natural ways to boost your energy.
Common energy-boosters like coffee, sugar, or energy drinks might provide a quick hit of energy, but ultimately you know it won’t last, and will leave you with a crash, the jitters, or trouble sleeping. Leaving you worse off than when you started.
Instead, fuel your energy with these natural energy-boosting activities that your brain and body will love. As an added bonus, they’ll even help you shake off stress, get more creative, and focus too.
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5 all-natural ways to boost your energy (without the side effects)
1. Get moving
Working from home means a lot of sitting. Office jobs have always been sedentary—but thanks to video meetings, we’re not even getting up to move from meeting room to meeting room. So it's no wonder that our energy levels are crashing, really.
Try incorporating some short bursts of movement into your workday, this is a great place to start. You might feel silly, but that’s the beauty of working from home—no one is watching.
Curious? Read more about movement can boost your creativity.
2. Shuffle your soundtrack
Music can have a big effect on your mood. Find what works for you, whether that’s chilled jazz or club anthems, but don’t be afraid to switch it up if you’re feeling sluggish. Our go-to when we need a quick boost of energy? Check it out here. (Singing along: not optional.)
Want to know how your brain responds to sound? Listen to professor Sophie Scott on the Braincare podcast.
You know in your bones what we’re about to say: reach for water over energy drinks or coffee. It’s the simplest braincare hack, with some of the biggest possible returns. Dehydration can make you feel drained and unfocused, so it’s essential for your energy levels to make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. (That’s roughly 2-3L)
Want to know exactly what water does for the brain? Drink it all up.
4. Value your vitamins
Of course, we’re going to say that, but it’s true. (Hey, no one would say we're not passionate about this stuff!) B vitamins especially play a key role in your energy levels. B vitamins are what our cells need to generate energy and they are one of the most common nutrient deficiencies, as we found in our own vitamin deficiency study.
Read more about B vitamins here.
5. Take a break
If even after you’ve exhausted all of these you’re still feeling unmotivated and… well… exhausted then don’t be afraid to just stop. Yes, really. If you’re getting distracted easily, don’t force yourself to keep going. Go for a walk, call your mum, or have a nap. Sometimes it’s best to take a break, reset, and come back to it later.
Why does your brain need rest to be productive? Learn all about it on this episode of the Braincare podcast with Alex Pang.
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Want more energy hacks? We got together with registered dietitians Jessica Dogert and Jasmine El Nabli on Braincare Club on Clubhouse to discuss how supplements and foods can improve your clarity, energy, and sleep. Read the recap here.